WHO IS THE CONCEPTS LAB FOR?
Professionals who are looking to enhance and extend their knowledge, portfolios and experience into new industries and sectors. Perhaps you are a mid-career professional who's looking to transition or beef up your experience in these new areas. Or, perhaps you recently graduated from a course intensive in UX, Development or Product Management, but need more advanced experience and projects under your belt.
You should be a technologist who has a bare minimum of 3 years work experience, a college education, and some previous higher training in UX, Digital Design, Architecture or Industrial Design, Product Management, Front End Development, Digital Marketing, Digital Conctent, Engineering or similar fields related to technology and design. A certain level of knowledge, experience and understanding of the process will be expected.
WHAT WILL I GET IF I PARTICIPATE?
- - Intensive knowledge transfer and understanding of these fast-evolving sectors from guest experts in each field
- - Advanced training in service and systems design ecosystems and the latest design thinking and innovation approaches
- - A professional certificate on completion that you can showcase on your resume and LinkedIn profile
- - Killer portfolio projects in the latest tech sectors that you can share with your workplace or use in your own portfolios
- - Public recognition through project submissions in known industry and awards programs
- - Bonding and contacts with like-minded, amazing colleagues who will become your friends and peer network
- - If desired, job coaching in obtaining new employment in these areas, plus a public reference on completion
HOW MANY HOURS PER WEEK WILL I WORK ON THIS?
For multi-week courses, you should expect to work 5-10 hours per week outside of class, and be in class for 5-7 hours per week for 5-6 weeks (25-30 hours of group meetings and class time). For weekend workshops, expect to do 3-5 hours of prep and then spend 15-20 hours on the weekend as a bootcamp-style intensive, Friday evening-Sunday evening.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
Costs for each course are listed here. We are offering substantial discounts, worth hundreds of dollars, on the first classes in 2016.
WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
We accept all major forms of payment online. Payment in full or in part must be received before the first class you attend.
We are working on education loans and deferred education payment plans, but we won't have them initially. To accommodate this, we can accept smaller automated debit payments on a weekly basis throughout the course at a 13% higher total cost, starting the week you register ($159/week until completed).
An alternative is you can take out an instant online private loan with an online lender like Lending Club, Upstart, Prosper, Affirm and SoFi, amongst others, and utilize those funds for up-front payment. We do not have a relationship with these lenders, and their terms may not be preferable.
OUR MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
If you apply and are accepted, fully participate and complete all the coursework, classes and requirements for the course, and you are not satisfied with the amount that you learned, we offer you a 100% money-back guarantee.
WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND ALL THE CLASSES?
That's OK! The instructor and your peers can catch you up and you can still meaningfully learn and participate outside of class hours. It principally means you will miss class feedback, group coordination and iterations.
You should aim to make at least 2/3 of the classes (3-4 of the five-six weeks per project) to obtain your certificate and meaningfully contribute.
ARE YOU ACCREDITED?
No. Like General Assembly, Cooper, Adaptive Path, coding bootcamps and many other sources of professional training, we provide hands-on, applied technology training that will help you to refine your skills and, if you're seeking it, help you obtain more valuable employment. We provide you with a certificate upon completion that you can present to your company or list on your professional profile.
DO YOU GRADE?
No. Projects are collaborative and team-based, like in the "real world". Everyone benefits from this model, and this facilitates closer relationships and better preparation for future employment.
WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK AND TRAINING WILL I GET?
A LOT! Whether solicited or unsolicited, you'll get personal feedback at several touchpoints during and after each class, from both the instructor, guest lecturers and your peers. Our goal is to have you learn and advance as much as possible within this course. If you'd like references about the instructor and what you can expect from past students, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can give you names of some folks to speak to. Beverly's LinkedIn page also has a number of public references from past students.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A CERTIFICATE?
- Attend 2/3 of classes
- Do what you said you'd do on each project for that week and meaningfully contribute (you will commit to your participation)
- Participate in at least 2/3 of each week's "homework"/ extracurricular work
- Actively participate and come prepared for each week
- Get along with others in the class. Be open to feedback and new directions
- Be positive and proactive. Voice concerns if you have them, but also suggest solutions
WHY GROUP PROJECTS?
We've found through past teaching experience that when individuals take on their own projects, there is a limit to what they can accomplish in a short period of time. A group project facilitates as superior outcome, more rapidly, fosters closer relationships and leverages each person's strengths. You are, however, free to ALSO pursue your own projects on the side if you want!
WHAT'S THE CLASS SIZE?
MInimum 5, Maximum 18 (for 1-3 concurrent projects)
CAN'T I JUST DO THIS BY MYSELF FOR FREE?
You can! Knock yourself out. You can also train yourself to code online or learn a foreign language on your phone. Most of us don't have the knowledge, understanding, skills, perseverance or dedicated mojo to go it alone, and get to advanced understanding through these channels. The Concepts Lab is your accelerator.